17 Nov 2011

Kavieng Hospital in PNG struggles with drugs shortage

4:24 pm on 17 November 2011

The main hospital in Papua New Guinea's New Ireland province, Kavieng General, is facing a shortage of medical and drug supplies.

The Post Courier reports that there are also problems with the hospital's X-Ray Department because of a leaking roof, and the only biochemical analysis machine has broken down.

The hospital's acting director medical services, Dr Joseph Kuk, says the drugs shortage is due to the burning down of the Area Medical Store in Rabaul recently.

In the last two weeks, the hospital had been experiencing a shortage of main drugs such as amoxilyn and malarial drugs.

It has been depending on private pharmacies but this can't continue due to a lack of funds.